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Black & white drawing of female writers

Sharp Women

A book celebrating the intellectual life of female writers in 20th century America is illustrated by the skilled Kathryn Rathke.

"This book is finally out and I am really thrilled with it! It was truly a dream job", says Kathryn of her work for Michelle Dean's 'Sharp' which details the lives of ten extraordinary women. Grove Publishing gave Kathryn a list of ground-breaking women writers from which she could choose her favourites, she continues, "...I tried to capture them at the height of their power, or during the eras when I find them most fascinating." Pictured on the cover are, left to right: Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, Joan Didion, and Dorothy Parker. On the back are Janet Malcolm, Mary McCarthy, Rebecca West, and Pauline Kael.

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American female writers illustration for Sharp Book